Drug- and medication-induced kidney problems

Illegal drugs

The use of illegal drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, can cause kidney damage.

Over-the-counter medications (non-prescription)

These medications, including anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, may damage the kidneys if used in large doses over a long period of time.

Prescription medications

At times, even prescription medications may cause kidney dysfunction. Sometimes the damage can be repaired but sometimes it cannot. However, many prescription medications can be safe for people with kidney disease as long as your doctor makes changes to the dosage (amount). You should always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the possible side effects of prescription medications for people with kidney disease.



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